04-23-2010, 04:49 PM #1
WD Hard Drive won't reformat/not recognized
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- Apr 23, 2010
I've been having problems with my WD Passport for about a while now. It was formatted FAT32 so I could useit between my mac and PC. It worked fine for almost a year, but then one day when I connected it to my PC it said it was not formatted and need to be reformatted. When I connected it back into my mac it wouldn't recognized it either.
After trying everything I could think of I finally gave up and just reformatted it to FAT32 again. It worked fine until I unplugged it (so only about 30mins). The next day when I reconnected it it wouldn't recognize again. It still shows up in Disk Utility though. It also thinks it's not formatted when I plug it into my PC.
I though maybe something when wrong when reformatting and talked to a few of my friends who know more about this than me. They suggested to just give up on FAT32 since apparently this is a common problem with HDs using that format. They told me to switch to MAC OSX - Journaled. Not sure it this was a good idea or not, but I decided it was better than nothing.
So this time when I went into Disk Utility to format the HD it came up with an error message about a second after it started formating saying "Operation has timed out." I've tried both Journaled and FAT, but neither works. I really don't know what I'm doing here. Never been that tech savvy. I'm worried I've really messed up something. I've already lost all the files so that doesn't matter now. I just want get this thing working again. If anyone has and suggestions on how to fix this problem or even a different way of fixing it I'd really appreciate it. I don't care at this point if it's read/write on PC. I just want it to work again.
04-23-2010, 05:07 PM #2
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- Dec 22, 2006
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- 15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
You've messed nothing up with what you have stated there.
Sounds like it's time to call WD and take them up on their warranty and get a replacement for a dead drive. "Assuming" you're still in the warranty period.I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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